On Juneteenth, New York City hosted 463 racers from across the US and around the globe for the 50th edition of the Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic. The oldest continually held cycling event in the city—and the oldest bike race in New York—the four-corner course surrounding Marcus Garvey Park brought out locals and visitors to the historic Black community in Upper Manhattan. It was a day of crit racing, cookouts, and booming sound systems for the combined Juneteenth and Father’s Day celebrations.
Several top domestic teams came to the event looking to score points in the American Criterium Cup series. Some of the pro women’s teams in attendance included LA Sweat, Colavita-Factor Pro Cycling, and DNA Pro Cycling. And it was the DNA team who came out victorious, with Maggie Coles-Lyster outsprinting Paola Muñoz (CWA Racing) and Kendall Ryan (L39ION of Los Angeles) for the win.
In the pro men's field, L39ION of Los Angeles, Miami Blazers, Automatic | Abus Racing, and Best Buddies were among the heavy hitters that made the trip to NYC. Alfredo Rodriguez (Best Buddies) took the win, followed by teammate Danny Estevez in second. Clever Martinez (Miami Blazers) finished third.
Complete results for the pro women's and men's categories (along with results from the day's other races) can be found here.
In celebration of the race's 50th running and Juneteenth, here is a gallery of our favorite photos from the 2022 Harlem Crit.
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